Janeane Garofalo, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea, Jay O. Sanders, Denis Leary, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Saffron Burrows
If you're looking for pretty Irish scenery supporting a romantic
comedy, you could do worse than 'The Matchmaker.' Then again, you could
also do better. 'The Matchmaker' is pleasant, wispy vacation of a
movie, perked up by some handsome landscapes and the matter-of-fact
charm of star Janeane Garofalo.
Graofalo's character, Marcy Tizard, is a harried U.S. Senatorial aid
working on a re-election campaign. As part of a hoped-for-P.R. stunt,
Marcy reluctantly allows herself to shipped off to the small town of
Ballinagra, Ireland, where her boss ostensibly has family roots. She
arrives just in time for the annual matchmaking festival, turning her
into a target for every marriage peddler in the neighborhood.
Director Mark Joffe sets an amiable, relaxed tone, but the script by
Karen Janzen, Louis Nowra and Graham Linehan, based on a screenplay by
Greg Dinner, runs into some problems of structure and urgency in the
second half, becoming less plausible and energetic as it goes along.
Fortunately, Garofalo's down-to-earth, quizzical demeanor makes her
character an agreeable companion, even when the story demands that she
makes some fairly silly choices. The visuals are also worth a look,
especially the vivid greens and blues of sea and hills in Chapter 6,
which is accompanied by a Celtic-flavored pop ballad that may be
'Matchmaker''s greatest demand on your sound system. There's also a
positively painting-esque shot at the beginning of Chapter 11 that is
startling beautiful, unfortunately Joffe doesn't attempt to maintain
the look, sliding back instead to the comfortable, mudane ton that
pretty much blankets the whole enterprise.
Widescreen Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
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